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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Solstice Seduction: Celtic Fire by Bronwyn Green

Solstice Seduction: Celtic Fire by Bronwyn Green
Publisher: Total-E-Bound Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Holiday
Length: Short Story (51 Pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Holly

Is love enough to redeem the fallen?

Banished from Heaven as punishment for his sins, Taliesin has walked among humans for thousands of years. He's damned sick of it. Death would be preferable to the cultural bankruptcy of the twenty-first century, but what's a cursed immortal to do? It's not like he can kill himself.

Dr. Emerson Matthews has no clue what to do with the enigmatic, gorgeous man who has landed in the psych ward at the hospital where she works. Well, she knows what she wants to do, but it's unethical and likely illegal. Especially since he seems to be out of his mind. Why else would he claim to be a fallen angel?

Hell bent on seduction, Taliesin tempts Emerson, luring her tightly guarded passion to the surface and introduces her to sensual delights she's never dreamed of. As she learns more about the mysterious man in her care, she begins to question her own sanity as his claims of Divine origin seem more plausible with each passing moment.

Taliesin fell from Heaven for the sin of Pride. As the Angel of Inspiration, he gave artists the nudge needed to create masterpieces, whether it was music, art or literature, he inspired them all. At least he did until he began to believe his own hype, and that caused his fall from grace.

Now Gabriel comes to him and tells him he has one last chance to redeem himself, and leaves without giving Taliesin a clue as to what he needs to do. What Gabriel does do is put him in front of an oncoming train.

When Dr. Emerson Matthews sees Taliesin through the two-way mirror at the mental health facility after the train incident, she has been told he tried to kill himself. When attraction flares between them, she pulls back, knowing ethics prevent her from becoming involved. She is the only therapist on duty, having volunteered to work the holiday weekend to let others enjoy family time.

When Taliesin convinces her he is what he says he is-a fallen angel-she releases him from care, and things progress to the hot and passionate level very quickly. Will Taliesin discover his mission in time to gain his redemption? Can Emerson survive losing one more person from her life during the holiday season? Can an angel find happiness with a psychiatrist, or even find middle ground?

This is a story of old pain giving way to new beginnings, of finding the one person who fills the emptiness and gives new hope. I enjoyed the subtle humor and sarcasm between Emerson and Taliesin, and her inner conversations with herself. I liked that the setting is not some big city filled with people, but a small Midwestern town in the dead of winter. There is a growing sense of rightness of these two being together.

Emerson stopped enjoying the holidays the year her mother died. She is a smart and slightly bitter woman, convinced that God doesn’t exist, and that there is nothing she hasn’t seen. She is very determined that Taliesin is crazy for saying he is an angel, and tries to trip him up many times.

Taliesin is one hot angel, and he is determined to discover what Gabriel meant. I liked his decision to be open and honest with Emerson, and I was surprised at the lengths he went to prove the truth of who, and what, he was to her. I also enjoyed watching him bring out the talent of the young patient, creating a bond between them, however brief.

This is a story of finding love, and learning what you really want. It is also a very hot and passion filled story of healing and going forward, learning to live, and love, again for Emerson. There are two very surprising turns here, and I will just say both contribute to the happy ever after these two finally get.

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